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Helvellyn & Wythburn from Swirls
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Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Eastern Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - John Paterson

Length - 8.5 miles / 13.8 km

Ascent - 2700 feet / 818 metres

Time - 7 hours 0 minutes

Grade - mod/hard

This Lake District walk ascends Helvellyn, England's third highest mountain, from Swirls car park on the western flank of the mountain. The route climbs past Browncove Crags onto the summit returning via Birk Side to Wythburn. The walk offers grandstand views of Lakeland and both Striding and Swirral Edges. Wainwrights included in this walk are - Helvellyn. A GPS File is available for download (see walk description). A route profile is also provided.


 

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Note : The distances quoted to other walks in the vicinity are measured in a straight line. The distance by road may be further.

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